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Cape Forchu Lighthouse
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Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Cape Forchu Lighthouse is located in Nova Scotia
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Location in Nova Scotia
Location Cape Forchu
Nova Scotia
Coordinates 43°48′25″N 66°9′30″W / 43.80694°N 66.15833°W / 43.80694; -66.15833
Year first constructed 1839 (Original Lighthouse) 1961 (Current Lighthouse)
Year first lit 1840 (Original Lighthouse) 1962 (Current Lighthouse)
Construction reinforced concrete tower
Tower shape hexagonal tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern tower with white and red vertical stripes, red balcony and lantern
Height 27.7 metres (91 ft) (first)
30 metres (98 ft) (current)
Focal height 38.4 metres (126 ft) (first)
35 metres (115 ft) (current)
Intensity 1,000,000 candela
Range 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 14s.
Admiralty number H3820
CHS number CCG 260
NGA number 10728
ARLHS number CAN-097

The Cape Forchu Lighthouse is located in Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia. The lighthouse is located 11 km from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.


The lighthouse was constructed in 1839 and was operational in 1840. The original station was demolished in 1961 and replaced in 1962 with the "apple core" tower. Since 2000, the original Fresnel lens used at the lighthouse is located at the Yarmouth County Museum.

The surrounding 19 acres (7.7 ha) of rocky headland contain the Leif Erikson Park, which offers a scenic walking trail with ocean views.

On June 1, 2000 it became the first operating light station in Canadian history to be transferred to a municipality from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, through the Department's Alternative Use Program. In exchange for the delivery of services it was transferred to the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth for one dollar. It became a registered Heritage property of the Municipality in 2001 and of the Province of Nova Scotia in 2003.

Current day

The 19 acres of ground the lighthouse is on is open to the public year-round. The light keeper's house is a Heritage property that is open from May to September and houses The Keeper's Kitchen restaurant and a gift shop.

In 2018, The Lighthouse, a feature film starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, was filmed in the park.

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